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Ferry boat arriving in Ocracoke from Swan Island

We started our day with a relaxing 2 1/2 hours ferry ride from Ocracoke to Cedar Island.  I really didn't want to leave.  Ocracoke is a delightful place for a long vacation.  There are several outstanding restaurants and the choice of accommodations is excellent.  The North Carolina Ferries are very reasonable: we paid only $10 for both of us and the car.  The crossing from Hatteras to Ocracoke was free!  We got to the ferry slips quite early and walked around the area as much as we could.  I took a photo merge picture group of the entire harbor, but cannot post it here.  After all the predictions for very bad weather, heard 2 days ago, we had a perfect day to be out at sea - actually Pamlico Sound.

"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie on the Cedar Island Ferry
  The sky was as blue as can be with white puffs of clouds making this very photogenic.  We met a nice couple from Davis, California, on board.  They are planning to travel to India in December, on a group tour.  It was nice to speak with fellow California liberals!  Fishing boats galore were out on the water.  I don't know what they were after, but I spotted at least 8 boats near Cedar Island.  There were probably far more. 

We reached shore at about 1 PM.  The time really flew by on the boat.  I love being on the water.  After leaving the ferry landing the road took us past neat houses.  Other than fishing, I don't know what the economy is.  Perhaps some of these are summer homes.  We crossed a huge salt marsh - flat as could be for miles around, all part of Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Fishing boat in Pamlico Sound
  Oddly, I spotted only one white egret and no other birds out there.  We saw many pelicans, gulls and terns from the ferry. 

We crossed another beautiful bridge to the mainland, leaving the Outer Banks behind.  The rest of the drive to Wilmington was pleasant, going through one small town after another with names such as Stacy, Otway, Ocean, Bogue, Piney Green and Verona.  Not far from our route, near the Cedar Island NWR are towns named Atlantic and Sealevel. 

Our motel in Wilmington, the Quality Inn, is very nice and quite comfortable.  They had a better price using a travelers' discount coupon than their main company, Choice Hotels, offered with the 60+ discount they normally offer.  Sometimes they do give the best rates and, if no coupon is offered, those special geezer prices are generously discounted.

Dinner was at a chain restaurant, Old Chicago.  Jag and I both had salads.  I had an outstanding Cobb salad, one of the best I have had in years.  This place is famous for the large numbers of beers they serve.  For once Jag decided to pass on the beer - he wants to see whether beer affects his blood sugar count.  It should be better - I believe there are a lot of carbs in beer.

vances says:
You should have stopped in Beaufort to have dinner at Clawson's! Please give a shout if you pass thru Wilmington again.
Posted on: Sep 19, 2008
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Ferry boat arriving in Ocracoke fr…
Ferry boat arriving in Ocracoke f…
Sam & Mira with Bubbie on the Ce…
"Sam & Mira" with Bubbie on the C…
Fishing boat in Pamlico Sound
Fishing boat in Pamlico Sound
Ocracoke Light as seen from the ha…
Ocracoke Light as seen from the h…
Jag surveys Pamlico Sound
Jag surveys Pamlico Sound
Begging flock of ducks at Ocracoke…
Begging flock of ducks at Ocracok…
Roz & Jag aboard the ferry to Ceda…
Roz & Jag aboard the ferry to Ced…
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